Scalzi does these posts from time to time that are filled with information, mostly so he can point people to them when the information contained therein is requested at some point in the mysterious future.
This will be one of those posts. It may be updated from time to time, though it's more likely that I'll just write new posts that link back to this one, because that's just how I roll.
If you're interested in seeing me perform in person in 2008, here's what's on my schedule as of March 18:
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
I won't be able to perform, but I'll be at the festival to sign all of my books, thanks to my friends at Mysterious Galaxy. I'm super excited about this because it's the first real writers only thing I've ever done.
Mysterious Galaxy Books
San Diego, CA
Mysterious Galaxy is an indie booke shoppe that specializes in Science Fiction and Fantasy. I went there with Just a Geek, and this will be my first time back since then. I think 30 or 40 people came out last time, making a great audience for the reading, while still being small enough that I could talk to everyone who was there.
Book and a Beer
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Stone Some of my favorite beers in the world are crafted by Stone, and Stone's owner, Greg Koch, has a lot of the same beliefs about marketing and making stuff that is awesome that I do. At his brewery in Escondido (in North San Diego County) he has an incredible restaurant and gorgeous beer garden. A few times a year, he invites authors to come out for something he calls Book and a Beer, which is exactly what it sounds like. We'll have Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, and all sorts of non-beer drinks if beer isn't your cup of tea. I suspect this will be an intimate gathering, but it will most certainly be an awesome one. If you've ever wanted to have a beer with your old pal Wil, now you can do eet.
Emerald City ComiCon
Washington State Convention and Trade Center
This is an awesome show, with a
focus fucos on indie
books and publishers. I think I'll feel right at home, if I can keep
myself from totally geeking out too much. (Yeah, who am I kidding?)
The schedule hasn't been finalized, but I'll be doing a performance from Happiest Days and maybe Just a Geek on Saturday, and I'll be doing a more general Q&A about blogging, writing manga, being a geek, the burdens of being awesome, and writing humorous panel descriptions on Sunday.
I will have a booth to hang out in when I'm not empaneled, so I'm bringing copies of all my books, pictures to sign, and my glasses and my shoes, so I have them.
San Jose, CA
When I worked on NUMB3RS, I met the guys in charge of Super-Con in San Jose. In fact, they were a big part of making Alt Con 9 (the fake con in the show) look and feel as real as it did. I haven't been to San Jose for a convention since the only way to get there was via mule train, so I'm looking forward to traveling up the coast in more modren style, perhaps by zeppelin or auto-gyro.
San Diego ComiCon
San Diego, CA
I'll be doing some panels and signings with TokyoPop to support the new manga. I don't have a schedule, yet. I'm also going to be there the entire time, getting my geek on. Maybe we can organize a WWdN meet-up if enough people are interested.
Penny Arcade Expo
I won't be delivering a keynote, but I will be at PAX for the whole show. Last year, I didn't get to do nearly as much gaming as I wanted, so that's my number one priority this year. I'll also be signing books and babies, and I'm going to perform a gaming-related story from Happiest Days. Probably something from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Geek. There will be a group photo, where we all show up with Wil Says . . . shirts. For the win.
Other than that . . .
I've been asked by several people if I'll be going to Grand Slam in Burbank next month, or the Big Creation Star Trek con in Vegas this Summer. I'd like to go, but I'm not sure if it'll happen. They didn't invite me to Grand Slam last year (I have no idea why) and I always end up feeling like chump when I call them up and say, "So, uh, can I come to your con? People are wondering if I'm going to be there because you used to invite me all the time but never call any more. Did we break up and you didn't tell me?"
I'm trying my best to schedule a bunch of cons this year, because I'm super proud of Happiest Days, I'll have two Trek mangas to promote, and there's something wonderful coming that will be released in the mysterious future. I feel like the time is right for me to make the effort to get off the West coast and travel a little bit to meet new people. I've sent e-mail to a few regional cons, expressing an interest in attending. Hopefully, I'll hear back soon, and I'll be mapping out the route our family truckster will take on Geektour 2008.